CNA Classes in Tempe, AZ

What makes a great CNA class? CNA training schools come and go. Some schools close due to low enrolment rates but other closures are due to violations. Most of the time, these two closure reasons are interconnected points back to the quality of the classes offered. One of the most obvious telltale signs is very low passing rates.

The Arizona Board of Nursing conducts program site visits every two years. They regulate 117 CNA programs; inspecting the schools for any violations, filing complaints, and recording pass rates. Schools that violate regulations are either given sanctions or approval revocation. The revocation can be overturned, though. Schools are given 24 months to comply with regulations under the close supervision of the board.

And since site visits are only every two years, it’s important to always check a school’s accreditation status, violation history, pass rate, and even the initial approval date. A CNA program opens different opportunities for its students but sometimes, completion isn’t enough to pave one’s entry into the healthcare industry. The program should be able to successfully develop key competencies especially necessary CNA skills, or students are just wasting their time and money.

Brookline College – Tempe

Brookline College is confident that the training it provides will lead students to the achievement of their goals, whether it be choosing a career path, changing careers, or fulfilling lifelong dreams. Brookline makes this possible through accelerated programs that award diplomas, associate degrees, bachelor’s degree, and even a master’s degree in less than a year.

One of these programs is the Nursing Assistant Program. The 146-hour program is spread over five weeks of classroom, laboratory, and clinical courses. The classroom course is 77 hours and focuses on the fundamentals of nursing care. The laboratory course, on the other hand, is 29 hours and involves practical application of the theoretical knowledge discussed in classroom lectures. Clinical experience is 40 hours and is held in an acute and/or long-term care setting.

The program is offered both on-campus and online. All lessons, discussions, and assignments are available on the online program. There is also a Library/Learning Resource Center and technical assistance available for students 24/7.

Admission requirements include a Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (administered by Brookline), and a high school diploma or GED certificate.

The tuition fee is $995. Additional costs include textbooks ($70), blood pressure cuff ($7), gait belt ($6.44), stethoscope ($6.55), scrubs, ($25), fingerprinting card for State Board of Nursing Application (cost vary), and certification test fees (cost vary).

Employers can directly contact Brookline about hiring the college’s graduates. Brookline has a Graduate Quality Guarantee Program that connects employers to graduates with the assurance of quality performance and retraining on rare occasions that graduates aren’t up to an employer’s standards.

Contact Brookline College Tempe Campus by phone (480-545-8755) or visit their website for more information.

Valley Vocational Academy

Valley Vocational Academy (VVA) provides hands-on and one-on-one CNA training. VVA was founded by two nurses who weren’t satisfied with the available healthcare training options at the time. As nurses, the founders and staff members know what and how nursing assistants should learn. This ensures that the quality of instruction is always high.

The day class duration is four weeks. Three weeks will be spent in the classroom and the last week is for clinical experience at local long-term care facilities. The schedule for the classroom instruction is Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On the third week, classes are only from Monday to Wednesday with the final exams on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Clinicals will be Monday to Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Evening classes are for nine weeks with classroom instruction for eight weeks and clinicals on the ninth week. The schedule for the classroom instruction will be Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Clinicals are Monday to Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is also a weekend option with a duration of seven weekends. Classes are on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Clinicals will be from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Registration is done online and prospective students can reserve spots for $250. Class sizes are small so there can be limited spots. There is also an entrance exam.

The program costs $975 with three available payment options. It can be either be paid in full, paid in two installments (first installment of $61.50 and last installment of $362.50 on or before the second week of classes), and a three or six-month interest-free payment plan with FACTS/Nelnet. There are also additional costs that won’t be covered by the program fee.

Contact VVA by phone (480-247-9388) or visit their website for more information.

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